Oct 6, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Geno Atkins (97) sacks New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) in teh first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati defeated New England 13-6. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports
Now, about the defense, at home they have 10 sacks, compared to 8 sacks on the road. The defense also holds 18 passes defensed and 4 interceptions, along with 5 forced fumbles, 4 of which were recovered; one of which was returned for a touchdown. New England was held without a touchdown, the secondary picked of Aaron Rodgers twice (which had not happened since October 2010), and the defensive line beat up the Steelers offensive line.
The Bengals defense appears to be at it’s best at home, and the offense has started to become a much more productive. So what does that indicate for the rest of the home season games?
The next home game is against the New York Jets. The team that was once the laughing stock in the NFL appears to very much be in the race for a playoff spot in Geno Smith continues to come together. The Bengals have struggled against rookie quarterbacks and even quarterbacks that don’t normally start. With that said, the Bengals should be able to exploit that offense and defense.
The Bengals then play the Cleveland Browns, a team that stunned the Bengals earlier this season. With Hoyer out, the Bengals could very well get revenge in this game. However, that defense is surely not one to overlook, as this could be a very good defensive battle.
Their next home game may very well be their biggest, they play the Indianapolis Colts. That team has been playing extremely well and Andrew Luck is having quite a year. This game may not only put in jeopardy the Bengals winning streak at home, but this game could very well give playoff implications and help give a higher seeding to whichever team wins. This game could very well come down to the wire, as two young quarterbacks attempt to outduel one another.